Participating in the Lit Developer Ecosystem: Ideas, Projects, and Grants

Participating in the Lit Developer Ecosystem: Ideas, Projects, and Grants


Lit Protocol is distributed cryptography for encryption, programmable signing, and authentication. As a generalizable key management layer, Lit provides developers with a comprehensive toolkit for managing sovereign identities on the open Web.

Lit offers two core services:

  1. Decentralized Access Control: Lit can be used to encrypt and decrypt data client-side without relying on a centralized key custodian using identity-based encryption.
  2. Signing and Authentication: Lit can be used to program complex signing automations or provide seamless wallet onboarding experiences using Programmable Key Pairs (PKPs) and Lit Actions.

As an open-source utility, the protocol is actively seeking contributions from the community. Below, you will find an overview of Lit’s new ‘Ecosystem Ideas’ page (previously ‘Ecosystem RFPs’) and the Lit grants program, detailing how you can get involved in Lit’s growing developer ecosystem!

Ecosystem Ideas

The Lit Ecosystem Ideas page presents a list of project ideas focused on expanding the functionality of Lit-enabled apps, infrastructure, and web3 as a whole. If you are interested in building with Lit but are not sure where to get started, this is the page for you! There are two categories, denoted by the ‘Type’ label:


Projects are more formal requests for contribution. Each project is divided into concrete milestones with a clear set of deliverables. The inspiration and motivation for each listed project is to enhance the functionality of the underlying Lit Protocol stack.


Ideas are designed to be more general and high-level compared to projects. Each idea contains a problem statement which is meant to outline the inspiration or motivation behind the idea itself, as well as a list of desired components.

Every entry (regardless of project or idea) also contains a ‘Service’ tab which highlights what specific Lit feature (i.e. ‘encryption’ or ‘signing’) that the particular entry is associated with, as well as a ‘Labels’ tab that is meant to provide some insight into the particular deliverable (i.e. ‘SDK’ or ‘Feature Request’) that is expected. Finally, the ‘Status’ tab has been created to keep track of the progress of each entry.

Have an idea that you don’t see on the list? Submit a new issue following the appropriate template linked on the Ideas page.

Lit Grants

The Lit grant program is looking to fund projects that improve the developer experience across the wider web3 ecosystem. The goal of the program is to support those who are building infrastructure and applications that make it easier for people to use and develop Lit-enabled applications in the future.

Small Grants

Capped at $2.5K USD, small grants are aimed at projects that are limited in scope, in early stages or have a short timeline. These grants are for smaller teams (individual developers, non-profits, and/or researchers) that have implemented Lit into a project and are looking to prototype or build out additional functionality. Projects in this category are expected to be complete within 2 months.

Learn more about the small grants and apply here.

Open Grants

For this category, projects should be aimed at significantly increasing the adoption of Lit as well as opening up new use cases for the project. All Lit specific code should be open sourced and made available for use by other developers.

There will be an in depth review process and feedback, and grants will be capped at $10k USDC.

Project Grants are targeted toward projects with multiple phases, longer timelines, complex needs and greater financial or operational overhead.

Learn more about the open grants and apply here.

Build with Lit

Ready to dive in? Check out these resources and get started building today:

📄 Developer Documentation:

👾 Discord:

🧑‍💻 GitHub:

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🖥 Website: